Special Course Descriptions
American Studies



AMS/DRA/GEN 494 10 SpTp: Girls on Top: Plays by Wm
Professor Maloney

In 1910, Rachel Crothers wrote a play that forced the issue of a single standard of morality for women and men onto the public stage. Within a year, a prominent male playwright felt compelled to rush a rebuttal onto the stage, attempting to validate the traditional and .natural. order of male supremacy, and to prove once and for all that this is indeed .A Man.s World.. Crothers.s was the better play and the better argument. In the decades that followed, an impressive list of women playwrights took up the charge, challenging every aspect of male dominated American theatre. The focus of this course is on twelve of those American women playwrights. Reading includes plays, critical analyses, and critical biographies. Course assignments are three five-page papers and one in-class presentation.

AMS 494 11/ ENG 494 12/ BLS 494 10 Course Title: Caribbean Diaspora Literature
Professor Shoge

The course covers literary works of writers of the Caribbean Diaspora published in English from the early 1920s to the present. The writers originate from the English, French, and Spanish islands as well as Guyana and became self-selected exiles or emigrants to the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. The authors include Claude McKay, George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Edward Braithwaite, Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincaid, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Fred D.Aguiar, and others and collectively their works cover the colonial to post colonial eras. They write about the Caribbean from the center and from outside the center. The fiction, poetry, and plays of these writers will provide the literary framework within which students can examine the multiplicity of Caribbean native and diasporic cultural identities. Through critical analysis of literary elements students will understand the cultural tensions and symbiotic relationships from which the blending and creating of new characters, imagery, symbolism, rhythms, and tones emerged.